"Let's Celebrate, it's Alright"

Ever get a promotion on the job or graduate with honors, heck just graduate period and receive no type of genuine love and support for your success? The hater comes out of your best friend or even your family member that has you looking at them sideways because you just knew you had their support? You know those “friends” who pat you on the back and “act” so happy for you then turn around and talk about you? The way I feel about it, your win is my win too because I am attached to you in some way. So let’s break out the sparkling apple juice and let’s get chocolate wasted!

It seems so easy for people to hate or get jealous these days instead of being genuinely happy. Why is that? And why do we compare ourselves to other people’s success? We don’t know their struggle or what they went through to get to where they are today.


The video clip of Taraji P. Henson congratulating her friends went viral as if what she did was such a shocker when that is exactly what we should be doing for each other, period. Congratulate others and no I don’t mean with just a Facebook like. Social media can be so overrated sometimes and it’s because people can be so fake and phony. Genuinely celebrate others success! You never know your turn might be next.

And for all of the haters that don’t congratulate you, EMBRACE IT and for all of the family members and A1 since day1 friends who low-key hating, embrace that too. Why? Because if people never showed you their true colors, you would never know who was really for your good. If we are never broken, beaten down or hurt, we would never appreciate the good things in life. If we were never scarred, we probably would never go to God and cry out because of the hurt and pain.

Don’t let people hurt you intentionally and I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this before, but when people show you who they really are, believe them! Take that lesson and run with it. Use that experience to build you up and strengthen you to keep pressing forward. Remember most people will post pictures of the beautiful outcome. Very rarely do you see the painful process that sometimes takes years of brokenness to get to that beautiful picture you see posted on social media. Congratulate them anyway!

We all need each other and for whatever reason we want acceptance from each other. So let’s celebrate each other’s wins and keep each other lifted because that is what we ought to do. I challenge you that for every person you encounter and for every post that you see where someone post a win for a business they just started or a win for their family, no matter what it is and congratulate them and if you feel like it’s not genuine then take a look inside of yourself and ask yourself why.

Music video by Kool & The Gang performing Celebration. (C) 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group

By: EIC Le'Keshia Smith